When you think about spring cleaning, maybe you envision yourself happily scrubbing, mopping and organizing your way into a household renewal. Then when it’s time to get down to business, all you see is a daunting project that could suck away your weekends for a month.
A recent survey conducted by SpareFoot found that 54 percent of Americans spend more than one full day spring cleaning; 22 percent say they spend three to six days cleaning and 13 percent said they spend more than a week cleaning.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to take forever, though. Check out these tips below to save time on cleaning and organizing so you can finish the chore and enjoy the balmy days ahead.
Thorough planning leads to faster work and less cleaning. Prioritize your cleaning list and make sure the order is right, says Olivia Joyce, a professional cleaner.
Leave floors and carpets for last so you don’t have to clean them several times.
Make sure you have all the right cleaning tools and products in a bucket to make a mobile cleaning kit so you don’t have to run around looking for cleaners.
Order Tasks by Importance
Create a schedule that’s easy to follow and achieve, says Sage Singleton, a home maintenance expert with SafeWise.
Start with the most important tasks like checking smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in each room, then save smaller projects like sanitizing remotes later in the process.
Clean One Room at a Time
Try focusing on one room at a time, says Mark Clement, a home and DIY expert. Rather than try to clean all the windows in the house in one day, schedule one or two rooms at a time.
“One room per day over the weekend does two things,” says Mark. “It tricks me into thinking the job is smaller than it really is, and it gets me moving.”
Pick Up Pet Hair With a Glove
Joyce recommends wearing rubber gloves while going through the house removing all dog hair and fur balls.
“You’ll be able to reach into the crevices of your sofa, something a lint roller can’t do,” says Joyce. “Then put your hands under running water, and the tiny hairs come off.”
Let Your Dishwasher Do the Work
Save time dusting and scrubbing by placing glass lampshades, toys, air vents, vases and other washable items into the dishwasher, turn it on and then go about your cleaning jobs, says Joyce.
Enlist Your Kids
“In my house, spring cleaning is more like spring clearing,” says Karen Hoxmeier, a mom and small business owner. She and her kids gather toys, clothes, house wares and stuff from the garage to donate to charity, wiping down shelves and reorganizing along the way.
“Starting with a clutter-free space is a great foundation for a clean home,” says Hoxmeier.
Hire a Pro
Be realistic about your capabilities so you don’t get in over your head.
“Before you tackle a huge home project, ask yourself if it’s a doable DIY project or if it would be better to spend a little money and save a lot of time by hiring a professional,” says Singleton.
Create a Monthly Checklist
Want to save time on next year’s spring cleaning? Follow a monthly checklist of home maintenance and organizing chores instead of tackling it all at once. Following a monthly task list helps you break the list into manageable and maintainable projects, Singleton says.